Wollerton Old Hall Gardens
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 16th century timber-framed hall
Divided in two halves, lower and upper, this area features a narrow canal flanked by terracotta pots, planted with white tulips in Spring and Hydrangea the rest of the year. The result is similar to a Dutch water garden on a small scale.
Leading away from the timber-framed hall is this lovely walkway between rows of Portugese laurel trees. Though it is called the Old Garden, it is actually the newest garden space - as the three previous gardens on this spot failed due to box disease.
Rose and Sundial Garden
Entered by rustic Arts and Crafts style gates, this lovely area is flanked by twin borders planted with phlox, delphiniums, hollyhocks and early dahlias in summer and with masses of asters in September.
The Long Walk
This narrow path crosses from the top to the bottom of the garden and is bordered by box backed by yew hedges. The sides of the walk are lied with clematis, phlox, and a profusion of dahlias.
Centred around a carved limestone wellhead, with four quadrants divided into a cruciform shape by tall yews.
A quiet space, deliberately underplanted to create a sense of space, with wildflowers flanking a central area, with a medieval font acting as a focal point. The font seres to remind visitors of the ancient origins of Wollerton, even if the garden is a relatively new creation.
Created as an act of homage to the National Trust garden at Lanhydrock in Cornwall, this colourful space is a riot of 'hot' colours in summer, with reds, oranges, and yellows predominant. Its a real 'wow!' space to enter.
This is just a taster, a brief overview of what ranks as one of my favourite English gardens to visit. Perhaps it was the fact that we came on such a lovely summer's day. Perhaps it was the combination of the attractive timber-framed hall, which set off the more modern gardens so beautifully. Whatever the reason, Wollerton Old Hall raks as one of the most enjoyable small gardens I've had the pleasure of visiting anywhere in Britain.
About Wollerton Old Hall Garden
Address: Wollerton, Market Drayton, Shropshire, England, TF9 3NA
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: In Wollerton village, between the A53 and the minor road from Hodnet.
Website: Wollerton Old Hall Garden
Phone: 01630 685760
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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